Tom Sharpling recently sat down with Dangerous Minds for an interview to promote the Best Show boxed set, and among the many insights from the chat is a great take on whether the next generation of comedy writers and performers will “come to their comedy sensibilities differently” thanks to the internet. Here’s part of Scharpling’s response:
I think if you’re in it, you’re in it. I’m sure some kid will be beating himself or herself up over feeling like they’re some dipshit who doesn’t fit in just like I did and just like people did twenty years before me. It might look a little different, but if you feel like you’re the outsider, you’re gonna be the outsider and you’ll figure out ways to express it in a funny way. Just because some dummy can do something flashy online and trick people into thinking it’s good, well, that doesn’t last. Just like some unfunny comedian up against a brick wall in the ’80s. They were terrible but you don’t even know who they are anymore. Those people all burned themselves out. If people think the internet is bad, no, there was a version of this endless unfunniness back then also.
See, don’t you feel better already? Read the rest of the interview over at Dangerous Minds.